We are about to start the Lenten journey on ash Wednesday and continue with it till Easter. The Lenten journey calls us to repentance, to turn away from all those things that separate us from the love of God and to return to His mercy, justice, and reconciliation. This year, we start Lent on a secular “holiday” (Valentine's Day). So this is a day in which people celebrate the gift of love. Those bonds of love which people create among themselves are everlasting, they last beyond this earthly life. This is the love that God is inviting us to when He asks us to return to Him. He gives us specific instructions: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.” In the gospel of Ash Wednesday you will hear part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus instructs his listeners on the right Christian attitude and disposition toward prayer, fasting and almsgiving. If we pay attention to these, that is a sign that our hearts are turning to our loving God!
Fr. Alex Ureña